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Russia To Tackle Computer Problem

June 3, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ The Russian government has ordered its computer experts to develop ways to resolve the so-called Year 2000 problem, a news agency reported Wednesday.

Government technicians have three months to analyze their systems and determine how much software needs to be changed, and what hardware, if any, needs to be replaced, Interfax said.

The Year 2000 problem arises because many computers, originally programmed to recognize only the last two digits of a year, may be unable to distinguish between the years 2000 and 1900.

Some computers can be reprogrammed through tedious review of their software code, but many devices have embedded microchips that must be physically replaced.

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